New Solutions and Updates
Payment Update - NAFIS
Section 8003, FY 2016 Initial Payments – The Department is currently releasing initial and interim payments set at 75% of LOT and $1,000 per unit for children with disabilities. As of April 18, over $841 million had been released to 1,023 applicants. Approximately $375 million remains available for payments to the small number of applicants that still have outstanding review issues, and for Section 8003(b)(2) payments to eligible heavily impacted applicants.
Section 8003, FY2014 Final Payments – The Department released final FY 2014 payments for Section 8003 in March. The final rates were 91.73% of LOT and $1,144 per unit for children with disabilities.
FY 2017 Application Amendments – The Department is no longer accepting new applications for FY 2017; however, school districts may make changes to their FY 2017 applications until September 30, 2016, using www.G5.gov. If you are having difficulty submitting an amendment, please call the G5 helpdesk at 1-888-336-8930.
FY 2017 Field Reviews – Certain FY 2017 applicants selected for field reviews have received letters requesting the supporting documentation for their applications. Please respond to these requests promptly, and follow up to resolve any issues identified during review to make sure your payment can be processed on time next fall.
Construction – For FY 2016, Congress appropriated $17.4 million for formula Impact Aid construction grants. the Department plans to distribute these funds in July.
Keep ED Updated with your staff changes – Did your Impact Aid contact person change over the summer? You can notify the Department of additional contact persons and staff changes by sending an email to Impact.Aid@ed.gov.
Stay in the Loop with ED – The Department sends out information and tips for Impact Aid applicants on an e-mail listserv. You can subscribe to the list at http://www. ed.gov/about/o ces/list/oese/impactaid by clicking on the link inside the box labeled “Subscribe Now.” You can also mail your questions to Impact.Aid@ed.gov or call the main Impact Aid Program number at (202) 260 3858.
News and Information
From the Executive Director
Please sign-up for the Rural Schools Association September conference. The conference is September 15-17, 2016 at Little America in Flagstaff, Az. The goal is to build a stronger presence of Arizona Impact Aid districts and to showcase the many educational achievements of our districts. Your support and involvement is greatly appreciated.
The Arizona FISEF Impact Aid workshop is scheduled for October 27 - 28, 2016, NACET, 2225 N. Gemini, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. The dates are confirmed with NAFIS. Please mark your calendar and watch for the workshop registration from NAFIS.
The FISEF Two-Day Workshop includes all the information attendees received in Level 1 and Level 2 Workshops, but with a lower price. The combined workshop is being offered for just $450, a savings FISEF hopes you'll appreciate. The workshop will be a full day on October 27 and a half/day on October 28.
In addition to the new format for the FISEF workshops offered around the country, FISEF will still offer a regular Level 1 Workshop the day before the NAFIS Fall Conference and a Level 2 Workshop the day before the NAFIS Spring Conference in Washington, DC, each year.
Please keep a steady unrelenting pressure on the Arizona Delegation to become active in supporting our federally connected students.
Thanks for your support.
Larry E. Wallen,
2016 ARSA Annual Conference
2016 ARSA Annual Conference
The Arizona Rural Schools Association 2016 Annual Conference will be September 15-17, 2016, at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona. Please make reservations through their website.
Little America Hotel
2515 East Butler Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Telephone: (928) 779.7900
Reservations: (800) 865.1401
Invitation to Showcase your School District at NAFIS Fall Conference
NAFIS is bringing back the perennially popular school district videos for its upcoming 2016 Fall Conference in Washington, DC, September 25-27, 2016!
For those of you who have been to our conferences, you may remember that during general sessions, NAFIS gives its members the opportunity to feature their school districts in video format, highlighting how school districts use their Impact Aid funding.
"We've known for a long time that our membership is very diverse," said NAFIS Communications Director Bryan Jernigan. "Our members not only represent Indian lands or the military, but these schools service a wide range of Federal impaction. It's always been an eye-opener at the conferences when attendees see just how members put their Impact Aid funds to good use. It often gives other school districts new ideas on how to make a difference in their own communities."
NAFIS is looking for three willing school districts to volunteer to create a five-minute video (often, these videos have been student-led projects) showing how they've used Impact Aid. School districts chosen should have at least one member present at the NAFIS Fall Conference because they will have a one-minute introduction and setup of their video from the podium during a general session. The videos can be easily burned to a CD and mailed so they are ready to play during the conference.
"Ideally, we'd like to spread out the videos based on NAFIS subgroups," said Jernigan, "so everyone gets a sense of the diversity of our membership, but also the range of diverse ideas in how Impact Aid can be put to good used in a school district."
If you'd like to see a range of videos that have been featured at past NAFIS conferences, use this link to have a look. If your school district would like to volunteer, please contact Bryan Jernigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USDOE to hold Webinars
The U.S. Department of Education's Impact Aid Office will hold webinars on Section 7002 (Federal Properties) and Section 7003 (Basic Support) this summer.
The Section 7003 (formerly 8003) Webinars will provide detail about the rules for the program and how to correctly survey your eligible students, as well as an overview of the changes to the Impact Aid law under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The dates are:
Tuesday, July 26 and Tuesday, August 9
The Section 7002 (formerly 8002) Webinar is for applicants who receive Impact Aid based on the number of eligible Federal acres within the LEA (not student counts) and will explain the payment formula and the application rules. It is scheduled for
Wednesday, June 29.
Each webinar will begin at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time; please remember the difference in your time zone as you mark your schedule.
You must register for each webinar in advance using this link -- https://educate.webex.com
Click on Training Center, and Upcoming to see the available dates, then click Register for your chosen date. Space is limited, so register today!
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June 9 - 11, 2016, Tucson, Az
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September 7 - 9, 2016, Phoenix, Az
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